Born on January 21, 1915, in Salem, MA, Catherine Larkin attended the Essex County Homemaking School of Hathorne, later graduating from the Salem Hospital Training School for nurses. She was further trained in hospitals in Providence and Salem. She joined the Army Nurse Corps. Sadly, while serving our country, Ms. Larkin died in a plane crash. Her family funded the building of this cottage in her memory to be used by students at the Homemaking School.